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Make Firefox Menu Even More Compact

Compact Firefox 4 MenusBefore Firefox 4, the menu items for the browser – such as File, Edit, View, History and more were all over the place.  After Firefox 4 was released though, Mozilla simplified the menu toolbar and dumped everything under the Firefox button.  What if you want things to be even more compact than that? Then you need to pick up Compact Menu 2.

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Shrink the Firefox 4 Add-on Bar

Barlesque for Firefox 4If there was one thing I could say about the new Firefox 4 layout and design, it would be that minimal is the new black.  It seems that moving forward we are going to get less and less user interface. So, to help follow that eventual trend in design – let us go ahead and shrink the new Add-on Bar down some with Barlesque.

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Page Zoom in Firefox

Firefox Zoom Help

Page zooming is a Firefox feature that is often overlooked.  It was a new feature added to Firefox 3, which in turn allowed you to increase or decrease the size of a web page to help improve the readability. So, how can you take advantage of this magnificent feature inside of Firefox?

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App Tabs in Firefox 4

Firefox 4 App Tabs

The exciting Firefox feature to be added in the release of Firefox 4: Beta 2 was App Tab support.  The idea behind App Tabs is simple.  You are able to keep a favicon only tab open and pinned to the browser at all times.  Now yes, you can do this with the help of add-ons in Firefox 3, but I am excited to see this feature make its way into Firefox 4.

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Add Pinning Tabs Feature to Firefox

Pin Tabs in Firefox One of the cool Google Chrome browser features is the ability to pin tabs in the browser by default.

Pinned tabs are shifted to the left side of the tab bar where their tab will be changed to just show the favicon for the web site in question. Thanks to the Pin Tab add-on for Firefox, you can bring that functionality to your favorite browser.

Another neat feature of this Firefox add-on is when you type something in the address bar, or select a result in the address bar while a pinned tab is selected, the address you selected will open in a new tab – leaving your pinned tab alone.

How do you pin a tab?

You can also pin a tab by dragging it to the left of already pinned tabs.

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Best of the URL Shorteners for Firefox

One fad that has caught on in the past few years is the art of shortening those really long URLs, as you would find in a search result or on Amazon for a product listing. When you try to share just the long link, it often gets broken or just will not fit in the message you are sending. That is where these tools come in handy to have.

The winner (and best URL link shortener) would have to be Shrinkify.

Shrink Your Links

It not only shrinks your URLs via Firefox, Shrinkify also gives you a pretty interface when doing so. Out of all the URL shrinking extensions, this one is the best, hands down.

Shrinkify Your URLs

There are a lot of URL shortener services out there.  They take that really super long URL from a place like Amazon.com and make it into something that is easy to cut and paste into a blog post or a Twitter even.  Shrinkify is another awesome answer to this problem that gives you that ability to shrink URLs right from Firefox.

Here is a little more about the Shrinkify extension from the developers:

The Shinkify Firefox extension makes long, unwieldy URLs shorter with the Shrinkify.com web service. Using either a toolbar button, right-click menu item, or tools menu item, you can submit your current url to the Shrinkify web service. The shrinkified URL will then be copied into your clipboard.

Shrinkified Screenshot

Also might be worth noting that the Shrinkify extension came in 8th in this year’s extend Firefox competition.  So if you are looking for a simple way to shrink your URLs built right into the browser, Shrinkify is your best solution.

Minimize Your Firefox Menus

Minimize Your MenusIs your menu bar taking up too much wasted space? Well you could hide it, shrink it, or just not use it. How can you get that done? Thankfully others have run into this same issue before and there are a slew of Firefox extensions to help you minimize your Firefox menus.

Tiny Menu – Replace the standard menu bar with a tiny menu popup.

Hide Menubar – Supports to hide your Mainmenu Toolbar automatically, you can press the ALT key to show it temporarily.

Personal Menu – With the Personal Menu, you can hide the menus in Menus Toolbar (even the Menus Toolbar), and design your own menu with just few settings.

Menu Editor – Rearrange or remove menuitems from the main context menu (right-click menu) and main menubar (File Edit View etc.)

MenuX – MenuX was designed for laptop/tablet use where maximum screen realestate is desired. Adds the ability to collapse any toolbar.

Have another one that deserves to be on the list? Drop in a comment and let us all know about it.

Feature Request: Minimize to Taskbar

Most Wanted

Well I got my first request, and I am going to do my best to get it answered. Chris in Georgia writes:

When I’m forced to use IE, I use a ‘skin’ called Greenbrowser. It includes a great feature that allows me to hotkey it to minimized, using “CTRL `” I’ve searched and searched for something like it for Firefox (including searching on Firefox Facts). I’ve also searched for the ability to set up custom hotkeys in FF, to no avail. Do you know if this exists? If not, where could I put this as an extension suggestion for those out there who do extensions?

Yes, this can be done with the Firefox extension MinimizeToTray. Install this into your browser and you will be able to send Firefox down to the system tray to keep it from taking up task bar space. How can you bring it back up? Well you could use your mouse and click on the icon or you could use the keyboard combo Ctrl+Shift+M.

Have another feature request or suggestion you’d like to see built into Firefox by default or added by an extension? Let me know about it and I’ll feature it on Firefox Facts and maybe even find you a solution to your problem (if you have one).